More Chatter on Apple's Video iPod (vPod) and iMovie Video Store

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Date: Monday, July 18th, 2005, 00:27
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If chatter is any indication of developments at Apple, then we should probably start looking for Apple to come out with a video iPod (which we affectionately call “vPod”) and a ITMS-like store for selling videos in the fall. Read More…

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How to Print Web Pages Accurately – Accumulating Advantages for Firefox

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2005, 16:13
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We think of browsers as a single user, graphical application. Yet Dynalivery is developing a concurrent, headless server version of the Mozilla Gecko (Firefox) engine for printing from Web applications…

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More on Etching the lid of Your PowerBook

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Date: Friday, July 15th, 2005, 12:07
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EtchAMac PowerBookDan Frakes posted some additional information on the Etch-A-Mac service in his article on Macworld Expo Gems from Boston:

If you’ve always wanted to add some more bling to your iPod or Aluminum PowerBook, Macmedia’s new ETCHamac is sure to be right up your alley. You send your PowerBook or iPod to the company, which then uses a laser to etch the design of your choice directly onto the case. Add text, logos, even images?you’ll get a professional-looking grayscale likeness etched permanently into the surface.

Read more about it and some of his other picks including Harman Kardon’s Drive+Play, DLO’s TransPod for iPod shuffle, STM’s retro Loft backpack, the Razer Pro mouse and the Bluelounge Cableyoyo on the Mac Gems Weblog.

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Steve Jobs Exempted From License Plates

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Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2005, 10:12
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I Sue License PlateRussell Beattie posted a blog entry about Steve Jobs’ lack of license plates on his car:

We drove by Steve Jobs’ house today in Palo Alto, and I saw a nice car in the front yard without a license plate. Not with a “new car” plate, but rather with none at all – just an empty plate holder. Then I was told that Steve doesn’t have a license plate on his car (nor his wife).
Two questions: Is this true? Why? It’s almost more conspicuous to have a car without a plate than one with one, no? We’ve got a few billionaires here at work as well and I don’t remember seeing any cars without plates…

The reason we’ve been given for the Jobs’ lack of license plates is that the State of California will grant an exemption to certain “celebrities” allowing them not to have tags (as we call them here in PA) on their cars to avoid stalkers. Another person pointed out that having someone’s CA license plate number could allow them to get the person’s home address and other personal information by social engineering CA’s Division of Motor Vehicles. One minor correction to Russell’s post above is that although the CA DMV will exempt certain folks from having plates, they instead issue a small bar code in place of the plates, so that the cops can still bust your ass for doing 110 MPH in your Benzo.
The PowerPage managed to secure a shot of Jobs’ license plate before he got wind of the exemption (above) 😉

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Cell Phone Service Disabled In N.Y. Tunnels After London Attack

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Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2005, 10:24
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ComputerWorld: Cellular phone service has been shut off in four busy New York commuter tunnels in the wake of the bombings of London’s transportation system.

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New '.mobi' Domain for Wireless Web Sites

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Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2005, 10:34
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ComputerWorld: The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers today approved the “.mobi” suffix for Web sites designed to be accessed by mobile phones.
Does anyone think that the new .mobi Top Level Domain will take off given the slow adoption of WAP and WML? Is there any question whether it will be more popular than the new .xxx TLD?

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Apple's Sales, Profit Surge

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Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2005, 10:53
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Sales jumped 75%, thanks to iPod, but the company was not upbeat about this quarter. Read More…

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Google Earth – Going Where no Mac has Ever Gone Before

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 00:00
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Google Earth is the same software that was available as Keyhole when Google bought them last year. It allows you to take a magic carpet ride starting from outer space into anywhere on earth flying through satellite images with superimposed map info. It allows you to tilt the view so it really gives the sensation of superman-ing it through your ‘burb.
See what Walt Mossberg from WSJ had to say (also a big Treo 650 fan) in Google Earth Thrills With Photos and Stunts – But How Practical Is It?

It’s good to have a healthy skepticism about the claims of the hype-driven technology industry. But there are times when even a hardened skeptic has to admit to amazement and delight at the sheer coolness of some of the things you can do on a personal computer today. And one of those “wow” moments happens the first time you run a new program called Google Earth.

Too bad it’s Windows-only, right now. According to the Google Earth download page “Apple Macintosh computers are not supported at this time (but we are working on it).”

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"Placeshifting" Content to Suit Your Needs

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Date: Tuesday, July 12th, 2005, 00:07
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Sling Media’s Slingbox is a US$249.99 device lets you watch cable, satellite, or personal video recorder (PVR) programming from wherever you are by turning any Internet-connected desktop or laptop computer into a personal TV, according to the company. Slingbox only works with Windows XP but a Mac version is rumored to be in development.

The Slingbox redirects, or “placeshifts,” a single live TV stream from a cable box, satellite receiver, or PVR to the viewer?s computer, which can be located anywhere in the home. If the Slingbox is coupled with a broadband Internet connection, the viewer?s live TV stream can purportedly be “placeshifted” via the Internet to a computer located anywhere in the world.

Read More at Macsimum News.

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PowerBooks and iBooks in Iraq

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Date: Monday, July 11th, 2005, 19:40
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PowerBooks in IraqIn Back from the Sand: A Mac in Iraq Lawrence I. Charters talks about PowerBooks in Iraq:

In early May a friend in the Pentagon sent me a photo of a Mac sitting on the hood of a Humvee, with a comment that ?Marines use only the best.? A few days later an Apple employee sent me another copy of this picture, plus a second, with a short note that said the photos were taken in Iraq.
I now had a mystery: where did these photos come from? Using clues found in the images as a guide, the photos were eventually traced back to Andrew Cutraro, a photographer with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Along with Post-Dispatch reporter Ron Harris, Cutraro was sent to cover the war in Iraq. ?Embedded,? as the Pentagon phrased it, with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment (part of the First Marine Division), Harris and Cutraro crossed into Iraq from Kuwait, and chronicled the war all the way into Baghdad. Their stories and photos appeared in both the paper and on the paper?s Web site, St. Louis Today.

A related article Evaluating an iBook Under Field Conditions Steven Truax relays his experiences of bringing a brand new iBook to Qatar for a month when he was was activated and deployed in the war on terrorism.

Three days and 7400 nautical miles later I unpacked my footlocker. In my first free moments I began to listen to the music that I had loaded onto iTunes before I had left. The built-in speakers were small and weak, which was not too surprising considering the size limitations of the iBook. These would never do by themselves, but I had brought headphones and under stereo headphones the MP3 music was outstanding. I soon began to make regular trips to our tiny Base Exchange store (BX) to look for more music. After a few weeks I was surprised to realize that I had bought and encoded forty CD?s of music. At first I bought some old CD?s that I had meant to buy for some time but had not gotten around to. After that I bought several contemporary CD?s, ranging from Counting Crows to Garth Brooks, that I would not have gotten around to buying if I had stayed home. Now, I thought with some satisfaction, my wife can no longer tell me that I have never owned a vehicle or CD that had been produced in the current decade. My new iBook and I were off to the races. Let the thunder roll…

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